Investments In Affiliates Accounted For Using The Equity Method
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2016
|Investments In Affiliates Accounted For Using The Equity Method|
|Investments In Affiliates Accounted For Using The Equity Method||
(9) Investments in Affiliates Accounted for Using the Equity Method
Liberty has various investments accounted for using the equity method. The following table includes Liberty's carrying amount and percentage ownership of the more significant investments in affiliates at December 31, 2016 and the carrying amount at December 31, 2015:
The following table presents Liberty's share of earnings (losses) of affiliates:
Investment in Liberty Broadband
As discussed in note 2, in connection with the merger of Charter and TWC, on May 18, 2016, Liberty invested $2.4 billion in Liberty Broadband Series C nonvoting shares. As of December 31, 2016, Liberty has a 23% economic ownership interest in Liberty Broadband. Due to overlapping boards of directors and management, Liberty has been deemed to have significant influence over Liberty Broadband for accounting purposes, even though Liberty does not have any voting rights. Liberty has elected to apply the fair value option for its investment in Liberty Broadband (Level 1) as it is believed that the Company’s investors value this investment based on the trading price of Liberty Broadband. Liberty recognizes changes in the fair value of its investment in Liberty Broadband in realized and unrealized gains (losses) on financial instruments, net in the consolidated statements of operations.
The entire disclosure for equity method investments and joint ventures. Equity method investments are investments that give the investor the ability to exercise significant influence over the operating and financial policies of an investee. Joint ventures are entities owned and operated by a small group of businesses as a separate and specific business or project for the mutual benefit of the members of the group.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef